“There is no doubt that a ‘more medicine is better’ culture lies at the heart of healthcare.
“This is exacerbated by financial incentives within the system to prescribe more drugs and carry out more procedures - regardless of whether it benefits patients, it seems.
“But there’s a more sinister barrier to making progress to raise awareness of - and thus tackle - such issues that we should be most concerned about.
“And that’s the information that is being provided to doctors and patients to guide treatment decisions,” Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, was quoted as saying in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
He wrote: “For the sake of our future health and the sustainability of the NHS [Britain’s National Health Service] it’s time for real collective action against ‘too much medicine’, starting with the Public Accounts Committee launching a full independent inquiry into the efficacy and safety of medicines.”
Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.
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